VANCOUVER, Canada — On December 10, members of the Tekeyan Vancouver chapter, led its chair, Rosie Tokatlian, and the executive members, welcomed Aram Arkun, executive director of the Tekeyan Cultural Association of the United States and Canada.
An uncharacteristic snow storm threatened the scheduled program, but it stopped in time. The group and Arkun lunched at the Persian Kazba Restaurant in North Vancouver.
Two friends had bought various Christmas gifts in order to awaken in a different way the spirit of Christmas. They were given to all members. The “tamada” or toastmaster of the table, Jemil Kevranian, greeted the crowd, before Arkun took the podium.
Arkun expressed his happiness to visit the chapter in Vancouver. He presented a history of the Tekeyan Cultural Association and explained the activities of the group.
As a natural aftermath to this talk, Alice Armen recited with great feeling Vahan Tekeyan’s poem, “Yegeghetsi Haygagan.”
Considering that there were extra Christmas gifts at the event, Tokatlian had the excellent idea to stage an auction in this friendly atmosphere. Garbis “Gabe” Korajian through his enthusiasm led to its success, and thus secured for the newly formed Tekeyan chapter a little bit of seed money for future activities.